Books Read 2008

***** – Drop everything and read this now!
****   – Put this in your TBR pile.
***     – Give it a shot.
**       – Eh.
*         – Avoid at all costs OR read just to see how bad it is.

  1. The Secret of Lost Things – Sheriadn Hay  **
  2. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf   ****
  3. Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi wa Thiong’o  ***
  4. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver **
  5. The Raw Shark Texts – Steven Hall  **
  6. The Town that Forgot How to Breathe – Kenneth J Harvey  **
  7. The Mixquiahuala Letters – Ana Castillo ***
  8. Sons and Lovers – DH Lawrence ***
  9. American Pastoral – Philip Roth **
  10. Farewell Waltz – Milan Kundera  **
  11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip Dick  ***
  12. House of Leaves – Mark Z Danielewski  ***
  13. The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver   ****
  14. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote  *****
  15. We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates   ****
  16. Pigs in Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver  ****
  17. Réquiem por un campesino Español – Ramón J Sender  ***
  18. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer  **
  19. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres  ***
  20. Platform – Michel Houellebecq  ****
  21. The Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq *
  22. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson ***
  23. Divisadero – Michael Ondaatje  ****
  24. Ghostwalk – Rebecca Stott **
  25. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon ****
  26. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner ***
  27. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ***
  28. Children of Men – PD James ***
  29. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith *****
  30. Love in the Days of Rage – Lawrence Ferlinghetti **
  31. González & Daughter Trucking Company – Maria Amparo Escandon ***
  32. Labyrinth – Jorge Luis Borges ****
  33. The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn – Janis Hallowell ***
  34. Mosquito – Gayl Joans  ****
  35. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain ***
  36. Suite Française – Irene Nemirovsky *****
  37. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer  ****
  38. New Moon – Stephanie Meyer ****
  39. Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer ***
  40. Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer ***
  41. The Road – Cormac McCarthy ***
  42. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – DH Lawrence ****
  43. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K Dick ****
  44. The City of Ember – Jeanne Duprau ***
  45. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  *****
  46. Fall on Your Knees – Anne-Marie McDonald ****
  47. Contact – Carl Sagan ****
  48. The Shipping News – Annie Proulx **
  49. Disgrace – JM Coetzee ***
  50. Night of the Radishes – Sandra Benítez ***
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One thought on “Books Read 2008

  1. ***** – Drop everything and read this now!
    **** – Put this in your TBR pile.
    *** – Give it a shot.
    ** – Eh.
    * – Avoid at all costs OR read just to see how bad it is

    This is the most descriptive and to-the-point rating key I have ever seen!!! Great job.

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